S4M-02942: Getting the Right Relationship with Money

03 Aug 2012

S4M-02942 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes the recent publication of the Sunday Times Rich List 2012, which highlights what it considers the unacceptable gap between the rich and poor in society; further notes the report of the Church of Scotland Special Commission on the Purposes of Economic Activity, A Right Relationship with Money; endorses the report’s four priorities of reducing inequality, ending poverty, ensuring sustainability and promoting mutuality, and commends the action points including the need to reduce injurious levels of personal debt, introducing a maximum interest rate of 40% APR, the promotion of financial education, the promotion and expansion of the credit union movement, support for the minimum wage to be raised toward the level of the living wage, an end to the UK’s support for tax havens, encouragement of the mutual and cooperative sectors of the Scottish economy and the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol.

S4M-02794: Celebrating 100 Years of Women in Ministry

03 Aug 2012

S4M-02794 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes that 11 May 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the first woman being ordained to the UK Trinitarian Christian Ministry; considers that Olive Winchester, who was ordained to, and served in, what is now the Sharpe Memorial Church of the Nazarene, Parkhead, Glasgow, set a precedent for strong women of faith to serve in Christian ministry; notes the Women in Ministry events being held in Glasgow between 11 and 13 May 2012, including those at the University of Glasgow; believes that every woman, child and man is of equal value, and wishes the organisers and people taking part well as they celebrate what it believes is this significant milestone for the UK’s Christian community.

S4M-02720: East End Development with the 2014 Commonwealth Games

03 Aug 2012

S4M-02720 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the new Clyde Gateway (or East End Regeneration Route), the £25 million road that links the east end of Glasgow to the M74 at Polmadie; considers that this latest investment in the transport network will help regenerate the east end and bring many jobs to the area; considers that it will provide improved access to the velodrome and athletes’ village; understands that this route will help transport some 18,000 athletes and support staff as well as spectators during the 2014 Commonwealth Games; welcomes what it considers the significant development and regeneration in Glasgow’s east end as a result of the Commonwealth Games, and looks forward to this being part of a lasting legacy that will help transform the east end.

S4M-02661: Crime Falls in Strathclyde

03 Aug 2012

S4M-02661 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament warmly welcomes the news that violent crime in Strathclyde has fallen by 33% over the last four years; notes the statistics that show that murder rates have also been reduced by 16% while the number of attempted murders fell by 42%; commends officers at Strathclyde Police, who it considers have worked hard to engage with Strathclyde’s communities to keep them safe, and considers that an SNP administration investing in 1,000 extra police officers on Scotland’s streets since 2007, some 470 of whom are in Strathclyde, was an excellent decision that has been proven to be correct.